Let’s face it; if we’re honest about the reasons why we wake up early in the morning and schlep our way to work is for the money. Some individuals are lucky enough to do what they love for a living, but most of us are doing what we need to do in order to pay the rent. Fortunately there are many career paths one can take that while they may not be our passion, they are at least interesting and they also pay well.
One career path which both pays well and can give a feeling of accomplishment is that of a veterinarian. Not only is an individual able to make a good living, but they are also able to bring comfort to sick animals and their owners. This is obviously a career in which it helps to have a love of animals (or at least like them). There are many different types of veterinarians such as those who treat companion animals such as cats and dogs, and those who deal with livestock such as horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs. Although the last time I was at the veterinarian with my dog there was a pig in the waiting room as well, so there is some cross-over! Some veterinarians choose to go into research and work primarily in laboratories experimenting with treatments for both humans and animals.
As with almost every career, the pay scale for a veterinarian varies by specialty and by where you live in the world. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a veterinarian in the year 2012 was approximately $85,000 dollars annually, with job growth expected to be in the average range of 12 percent through the year 2022. There is stiff competition for those wishing to enter the field, so job experience is a plus. If you are a young person thinking about entering the field finding a mentor that you can work with as an assistant would be a great benefit to your resume.
Another career path that is quite flexible is that of freelance journalism. This is a career where you can earn almost as much as you wish, but with the expectation that you will be working hard for it. To be considered seriously schooling in journalism is required, but on can also earn money on the side without any actual schooling. There are many websites available where a person can sign up and start writing and making money the same day, without the need of a degree or any experience.
For an experienced journalist many publications will pay descent money for well written articles; for example the Washington Post will pay approximately $100 dollars for 500 to 1,000 word articles, while Cosmopolitan will pay approximately $2 dollars per word. Each publication has their own set of rules and a freelance journalist will do well to familiarize themselves with the various publication rules for submitting articles.